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Aroussiak Gabrielian & Alison B. Hirsch, Foreground

Landscapes Real-and-Imagined

Charles M. Sappenfield Lecture

AROUSSIAK GABRIELIAN is an architectural and landscape architectural designer with a background in visual arts. She holds an MLA and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. An Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, Aroussiak is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Media Arts + Practice program of the USC School Cinematic Arts, where she is focused on innovative applications of new cinematic media within landscape visualization and design. Her current research utilizes expanded cinematic media to develop new ways of reading and visualizing the spatial, situational, temporal, and tactile phenomena of landscape to interpret and structure sites. As part of foreground, Aroussiak deploys design methodologies that use future scenarios as tools to better understand the present and that use design as a means of speculation. Prior to initiating her own practice, Aroussiak worked as a lead designer at Snøhetta in New York City on various architectural and landscape architectural projects including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion and the Guadalajara Museum of Environmental Science. Aroussiak’s work has been recognized through various design awards, publications, and exhibits. She has practiced architecture and landscape architecture internationally and has taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and University of Southern California.

ALISON B. HIRSCH is a landscape architectural designer, as well as urban historian and theorist. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture, Alison holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, an MLA and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously worked in the design offices of W-Architecture+Landscape Architecture and James Corner Field Operations in New York City and taught at Harvard University (GSD), University of Virginia and University of Toronto. Her recent book, City Choreographer (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), provides an analysis of the creative process Lawrence Halprin developed with his wife, dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin, and how aspects of this process have the potential to enrich contemporary approaches to structuring the city. As part of foreground, Alison’s design interests focus on public histories and politics of urban settlement, as well as how corporeality and human movement can inform the design process. In addition, she continues to explore the potential of preservation as a tool for social and community sustainability and development.

Earlier Event: March 20
Kona Gray
Later Event: April 6
First Thursday Art Walk